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* Schools of Nursing / Re: School of Nursing Ado Ekiti 2017/2018 Admission List Has Been Released by luizdamzy101: September 19, 2017, 03:31:43 PM
The Ekiti State School of Nursing has released the 2017/2018  final admission list. The list of successful applicants was pasted yesterday following last month vigorous exam and screening.

Below is the list of the newly admitted students expected to resume next month.

Congratulations to those who made the list

only  50 students
* News / Nurse under fire for posting pictures of babies and tagging them "mini satans" by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 03:12:14 PM
At least one U.S. Navy nurse was removed from patient care Sunday after photos surfaced on social media of inappropriate behavior with a newborn baby.

The nurse posted several photos calling the newborn a “mini Satan” and another post where the nurse makes a newborn dance to music playing in the background.

Reaction on social media has been swift. Many people posting on social media are calling for the nurse to be fired.

The Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s commanding officer made the following statement:

 We are aware of a video/photo posted online. It's outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional and cannot be tolerated. We have identified the staff members involved. They have been removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice. We're in the process of notifying the patient's parents

Source :News4jax
* News / NUNSA Press Release: Call for New Approach to Fight Quacks by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 12:38:41 PM
The fight against the breed of quacks in nursing calls for a new dimension of action. If nurses must win, there is every need for new strategies and methods. It is against this background that we suggest constant surveillance, whistle blowing, and severe punitive measures for offenders as new methods of approach.  This can put the act of breeding and using quacks in place of Registered Nurses in various hospitals and health facilities in Nigeria to an end.
Every nurse in Nigeria have to accept the fact that it is our obligation and responsibility to always observe and be on the look- out for hospitals and health facilities that train and use quacks in place of Registered Nurses. This people devalue our profession but the greater harm is the damage they inflict on the lives of patients. Health care has to do with human lives and as such, only specially trained professionals should be licensed for its practice. Every nurse should be concerned. Most of these quacks are trained by doctors in the various private hospitals.  It is even on record that some registered nurses also engage in this act of raising quacks. Some private individuals and religious organizations have also been noted to be a part of training centers for quacks in place of Registered Nurses. Nurses of this country must stop the I- don't- care attitude and begin the proactive approach of always being on the look-out for hospitals engaging in this nefarious act of training and using quacks. These hospitals are owned by our fathers, uncles, In-laws, friends, relatives, employers, etc. They are not ghosts, we see them everyday. We must expose them. It is our solemn duty to do.
Whistle blowing is another method those in authority have to put in place to encourage reporting of health facilities engaging in the training and usage of quacks in place of Registered Nurses. The use of incentives as reward or a substantial sum to anyone who reports those engaging in usage and training of quacks will go a long way in encouraging co-operation. The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria should make a policy to this effect to improve reporting.
A section of the Nursing and Midwifery Council regulation stipulated the payment of 1,000 naira as punishment for those engaging in training quacks. There is every need for the review of that regulation. Offenders should pay at least a million naira. We suggest that the NMCN make an immediate review of that regulation that stipulated a thousand naira which appears very ridiculous to represent the value of our profession.
Professionalism in the training and practice of Nursing in Nigeria has come to stay and it is non-negotiable. If the best practice  methods are to become the rule in our health care delivery systems, then quackery in nursing must be put to an immediate end. Our future is in our hands.
Onwuka Edmund   AniefunaChinaza M.                                     
National President  Ag. National Secretary Gen.
* Schools of Nursing / Apply for 2018 Healthcare Professional Conversion Programme WSG Nursing by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 11:22:44 AM
Application for healthcare professional conversion programme program for nursing under the mid career switch to healthcare singapore program is open for 2017/2018 session. Find below the details

Overview of Programme

The Professional Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses (PCP-RN) helps and supports mid-career Singaporeans in acquiring relevant training to be a Registered Nurse.

There will be funding support by WSG, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and a co-sponsoring company for successful candidates to undergo the 2-year Diploma in Nursing (Accelerated) at Nanyang Polytechnic.

The PCP-RN is one of the 5 mid-career conversion programmes under the Healthcare PCP umbrella that is offered by WSG, in conjunction with MOH, and supported by MOH Holdings.

Job Description and Remuneration

Nurses assess patients’ physical and mental health, perform clinical procedures, help patients improve or maintain their health and educate patients and their families on health matters. They work alongside a team of professionals to provide safe and smooth delivery of patient care every day thus teamwork, communication skills and attention to detail are important.

In the public healthcare sector, the annual starting salary (including bonuses and allowance) for a Registered Nurse with diploma qualifications is around $36,900. Upon completion, you will be eligible for registration with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB), and obtain the licence to practise as a professional nurse. You can also expect progression in your career through various structured career pathways (e.g. clinical, education, managerial tracks) as you gain experience and expertise.


To qualify for the Professional Conversion Programme for Registered Nurses, you must have graduated or completed National Service for at least 2 years with

    A degree from a recognised university; or
    A local polytechnic diploma; or
    3 GCE 'A' level credits* with 2 GCE 'O' level credits** in a Science subject and Mathematics.

*GCE 'A' level credits refer to grades A to E
** GCE 'O' level credits refer to grades A1 to C6

Funding Support

Course fees will be fully sponsored. Trainees will also receive a monthly training allowance throughout the 2 years of training. Sponsoring companies will accord individuals training allowance based on prior work experience.

Application and Selection Process

Table below details the application, screening and enrolment process for the PCP-RN April 2018 intake. Dates provided are contingent on the ability of all parties involved to meet projected deadlines.

Application Period

1 Sep 2017  – 13 Oct 2017 (5pm)

PCP Application Link:

Shortlisting: Nov 2017 - Dec 2017 [Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in phases]

Commencement of strike: Class commences in Apr 2018

Funding Criteria

(A) General

*Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PRs)
*Trainees must be selected by a sponsoring company through the selection process co-ordinated by MOH Holdings
*Participating company must be registered or incorporated in Singapore

(B) In order to be eligible for funding,

*Due to the special requirements of Healthcare professions, all applicants have to pass a medical examination and be free from physical disability in order to be admitted into the programme
*Trainees are required to meet the polytechnic's attendance requirements
*Trainees are required to be present for all examinations

Signing of deed

Upon acceptance into the Programme, participants are required to sign a sponsorship deed with MOH Holdings. Participants must complete the training satisfactorily and attain the designated qualification, and thereafter be converted to an actual employment with the sponsoring company.

Bond period

Participants are required to fulfill a 3-year bond with their sponsoring company upon graduation and conversion to actual employment.

More information, check
* News / In Singapore, more people are switching jobs to become Nurses by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 10:20:26 AM
Even though he had an engineering diploma, Mr Kelvin Pang was aware that the technical skills he learnt would eventually be rendered useless with time.

The 32-year-old, who used to work for the Singapore Armed Forces, felt a job in the healthcare sector would last longer than most careers - a big factor that drew him to the professional conversion programme (PCP) for registered nurses last year.

"The structure of the human anatomy does not change. Having this medical knowledge is a permanent skill," said Mr Pang, a second-year student at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), adding that his career switch was in part inspired by his wife, an enrolled nurse.


Now with the Singapore General Hospital's (SGH) surgical ward as part of the programme, he tries to motivate patients towards the goal of recovery.

"In the healthcare industry, when patients come in, they may not be in the best condition. Having that in mind, no matter what it takes, we will try to nurse them back to health and understand them from their perspective," said Mr Pang.

More mid-career individuals such as Mr Pang are signing up for the PCP for registered nurses, said Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor yesterday.

"In April this year, 34 mid-career individuals started on the PCP for registered nurses with Nanyang Polytechnic.

"This represents a 62 per cent increase in the intake as compared with the average annual intake of about 21 (individuals) over the last three years, from 2014 to 2016," Dr Khor told reporters on the sidelines of a visit to SGH with Mrs Josephine Teo, Second Minister for Manpower.

NYP is starting a second batch of PCP for registered nurses this year, with classes to start next month, she added.

"We expect with this second intake of PCP for registered nurses, we would probably have about 60 trainees this year, which is about close to three times the average annual intake that we have had over the last three years," she said.

During this training period, there could be a mismatch in skills or wages for the trainees.

Those on the PCP for registered nurses get a monthly training allowance of $1,700 to $2,050, depending on the years of prior working experience.

After graduating, they will be paid a competitive salary that is regularly reviewed, said Dr Khor.

Those who graduate get a career transition bonus of $2,000, she added.

The PCP for registered nurses is part of the ministry's push to attract more people to join the healthcare sector, which needs to attract 9,000 workers in the next three years.

Sine 2009, more than 500 Singaporeans have transited into the healthcare sector through the various healthcare conversion programmes and schemes, said Dr Khor.

Source :
* News / ICN Congratulates Graduates from Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 10:12:11 AM
The first International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute Programme (GNPLI) concluded on 15 September with the graduation of 27 nurse leaders from 19 countries
Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Gambia, Guyana, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Malta, Nepal, Norway, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia.
GNPLI builds on ICN’s impressive legacy of working with senior nurses from around the world to increase their leadership understanding and expertise. The successor of the renowned Global Nursing Leadership Institute, which ICN ran from 2009 to 2016, this new ICN initiative was conceived in response to the changing needs of nurse leaders to support them in their efforts to shape and influence policy to meet growing global health challenges.

The GNPLI aims to enhance the effectiveness of current and future nursing leaders in bringing about policy changes that lead to health improvement, through increasing their political and policy competence.
Jainaba Sey-Sawo, a 2017 GNPLI participant from Gambia, said “Sessions are very good and interactive. It was one of my dreams to be here, I feel blessed.”
“Best time in my life, and it was an honor to be with this group”, added Michelle Gunn, from Australia
GNPLI 2017 is a five-month programme including an Induction Module from July to September 2017, a Residential Workshop of one week in September, and an Implementation Module from September to November 2017. The residential programme, which was held at the Chateau de Bossey outside Geneva, Switzerland, was facilitated by Professor Jill White, ICN Associate Director, Global Education and Professor Jane Salvage, ICN GNPLI Programme Director. Guest lecturers included Annette Kennedy, ICN President; Howard Catton, ICN Director, Nursing and Health Policy; Dame Christine Beasley, Trustee of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, United Kingdom, and Chair of the Health Education North Central and East London Board; and Dr Grażyna Wójcik, President, Polish Nurses Association and former Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health, Poland.
“The GNPLI 2017 exceeded our highest hopes - 27 committed senior nurses completed the programme with action plans to begin upon their return to their home countries” said Professor Jane Salvage, the GNPLI Programme Director, and Professor Jill White, ICN Associate Director global Education.
ICN is grateful for the support of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, the State of Geneva and the World Health Organization, as well as to the Taiwan Nurses Association and the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan for providing bursaries.
* News / Nigerian Government confirms new case of yellow fever in Kwara State by Idowu Olabode: September 18, 2017, 04:50:39 PM
The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a new case of Yellow Fever in a young girl in Oke Owa Community, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, said the Lagos University Teaching Hospital carried out the laboratory diagnosis of the case while the Institute Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal confirmed it on Sept. 12.

The minister made this known in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry on Monday in Abuja.

The minister said that the State Epidemiology Team has begun investigation in the affected area and surrounding communities following the confirmation of the case.

He added that government has deployed a joint team comprising the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the World Health Organisation Country Office to the state.

According to the minister, the team will support the state in carrying out a detailed investigation and risk analysis.

“An Outbreak Control Team has been constituted to ensure rapid and coordinated decision-making,’’ he said.

Adewole also gave the assurance that all agencies of the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners would work together to support the state response programme in order to prevent further spread of the disease.

He added that a vaccination campaign would be carried out in the affected area to prevent the disease from further spread in the area.

“The most important measure to take in preventing Yellow Fever is vaccination against the disease.

“A single dose of Yellow Fever vaccine, which is included in Nigeria’s routine immunisation schedule given at nine-months is free and sufficient to cover sustained protection of up to 10 years,’’ he said.

According to him, other methods of prevention included use of insect repellent, sleeping under a long-lasting insecticide treated net, ensuring proper sanitation and getting rid of stagnant water or breeding space for mosquitoes.

He said: “Even though there is no specific medicine to treat the disease, intensive supportive care is provided. Most patients would recover with appropriate care.”

He, therefore, urged health workers to be alert and maintain a high index of suspicion.

The minister, however, advised health care workers to practice universal care precautions while handling patients at all times.

The minister called for calm and advised everyone to avoid self-medication but report at the nearest health facility if feeling unwell.

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected aedes mosquitoes.

Symptoms include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

Some infected people may not experience any of these symptoms.

In severe cases, bleeding may occur from the mouth, nose, eyes or stomach.

Source :Vanguard Newspaper
* News / Kenya: Nyeri governor says striking nurses won’t be sacked by Idowu Olabode: September 18, 2017, 04:08:01 PM
Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru has said he will not fire nurses who have been on strike for three months now.

He has broken ranks with his colleagues in Kiambu and Kirinyaga who have already advertised for the vacant posts and said he will engage the nurses in dialogue.

He said the striking nurses only need to be appeased, insisting that firing them will not provide a better solution to mitigate the situation.

The Nyeri referral hospital has been running since the nurses’ strike in June.

Though congested, it has accommodated patients from neighbouring counties and from as far as Lodwar, Turkana and Mombasa.

Patients in the female and male wards have been sharing beds while some get discharged to create space for patients with serious ailments.

The maternity wing is also full beyond capacity with new-born babies having to share incubators.

Health experts say putting two babies in one nursery is unsafe.

“Our hospitals are running and I have pleaded with several of them who have already returned to work,” Governor Gakuru said.


The Council of Governors directed county bosses to replace nurses in their regions who did not report to work by Friday last week.

Both Kirinyaga and Kiambu counties have placed advertisements in local dailies seeking qualified people to apply for the vacant positions.

“I do not have much of a crisis in the health department. There is no need to take such drastic measures when you can engage the nurses in a dialogue for the common good of the County,” said Dr Gakuru.

The governor had last month held a meeting with the nurses urging them to return to work.

But the nurses defied his calls and insisted they would not call off the strike until the national government addresses their grievances.

“We shall only call off the strike when our grievances are met and the unions’ Secretary-General Seth Panyako calls it off. We have the goodwill to go back to work,” said Ms Anne Nyawira, the unions’ Nyeri branch chairperson.

Source :
* News / Canadian Nurses to be Included in The Regulated Health Professions Act by Idowu Olabode: September 18, 2017, 03:58:52 PM
I am pleased to announce that regulations are now in place to bring the registered nursing profession under The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) effective May 31, 2018.

The RHPA sets out consistent rules and processes for governance, registration, complaints and discipline, as well as regulation and bylaw making authority. Two regulations are required to bring the registered nursing profession under the RHPA. The first is a College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba council regulation to govern the affairs of the regulatory body, and the second is a practice regulation that sets out the scope of practice of the profession including the reserved acts that are authorized for the profession.

The regulations will also create a new designation of registered nursing, the Registered Nurse Authorized Prescriber. These nurses will be allowed to independently order diagnostic tests and prescribe medications for patient populations that require registered nursing care related to travel health, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, blood-borne pathogens and diabetes health.

I want to congratulate the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba for their hard work in achieving this milestone for its profession.

For more information on the RHPA, visit
* News / Namibia: Nurse with a Big Heart Helps Stranded Mother and Daughter by Idowu Olabode: September 18, 2017, 12:53:12 PM
A NURSE based at the DRC informal settlement clinic at Swakopmund did not only embrace the spirit of Florence Nightingale by taking the nursing vows, but has gone the extra mile to help a mother and daughter stranded at the coastal town.

Loyisa Kativa now provides for Martha Kameya, who is in her 60s, and is likewise taking care of her daughter Anna (20), who was admitted to hospital at the coastal town last year.

Anna, who fell ill last year, has also lost her speech.

Kameya said she brought Anna to Swakopmund from their home at Rundu after one of her sons, who lives in the coastal town, told them about a spiritual healing church that could help her daughter.

“We have been taking her to this church for prayers, but there has been no change,” the sexagenarian said.

She added that some health workers from the DRC clinic visited them, and recommended that Anna should be admitted at a health facility.

The Namibian met mother and daughter at the state hospital at Swakopmund. Anna was, according to the mother, getting better.

Kameya said Anna fell ill on the way to school at Rundu, where she was in Grade 10.

The mother had a bizarre story about how Anna fell ill, though. She dreamt of three people feeding her daughter some food.

“I made nothing of it, but Anna collapsed on the way to school the following day. She was found sleeping in the cemetery,” Kameya said.

From the day that Anna was found in the cemetery, her health has deteriorated to such an extent that she has virtually become a zombie.

Nurses and doctors could not say what was wrong with Anna, who could not talk, hear or eat.

Kameya said she then brought Anna to Swakopmund to seek help at the church, but there was no relief.

Instead, they have both found themselves without food and other necessities.

Fortunately, she met Kativa when she took Anna to the DRC clinic.

Kativa, true to the spirit of 'Lady with the Lamp', as Nightingale was often referred to, said she took it upon herself to help the duo, and bring light to their lives after Kameya's son, who had invited them, started playing hide-and-seek with them.

“Sometimes in our line of work, you find people with problems like the mother and daughter.

“I cook for Kameya at home, and take the food to her because Anna is a patient, and the hospital provides her with food,” she explained.

Kativa said there are a lot of people who need assistance, especially teenage mothers in the DRC informal settlement, and she is thus contemplating opening a kindergarten.

“I want to give teenage mothers support, and I want them to leave their babies at the kindergarten while they go back to school. I have the land, and just need assistance to build the structure,” Kativa said.

A grateful Kameya said she had difficulty taking medication for a chronic condition without food.

“I cannot go to work because I cannot leave Anna unattended,” she added.

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